Apples top EWG's 2015 Dirty Dozen list for the 5th year in a row

by 02/26/15   filed under: green family, health & body, news

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And the winner is… apples! For the fifth year in a row, this perennial fruit favorite is unfortunately topping the Environmental Working Group’s “Dirty Dozen” list. Rounding out the top 12 most contaminated types of fruits and veggies in the group’s 2015 Shopper’s Guide to to Pesticides in Produce are peaches, nectarines, strawberries, grapes, celery, spinach, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, imported snap peas, and potatoes. The EWG also included their “Clean Fifteen list” of the least pesticide-contaminated produce, which this year included sweet corn, pineapples, cabbage, frozen sweet peas, onions, asparagus, mangoes, papayas, kiwi, eggplant, grapefruit, cantaloupe, and cauliflower. Despite rising awareness about the dangers of pesticides and a growing consumer desire for pesticide-free produce, nearly 2/3 of the produce samples tested by the USDA contained pesticides. When shopping for the produce on the Dirty Dozen list especially, seek out organic varieties as the healthiest option for your family.

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Feeding peanut products to infants may actually reduce their risk of developing a peanut allergy

by 02/26/15   filed under: eco toddler, green family, health & body, kids health, news

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If you pay attention to medical and health recommendations long enough, it’s pretty common to see one idea supported, then reviled, and then back to being in favor again. Theories about peanuts and their place in young children’s diets are the latest to feel this back-and-forth phenomenon. From 1998-2007 (i.e. when many of our children were born) in countries such as the United States and the United Kingdom, many physicians and medical guidelines recommended excluding peanuts from the diets of infants (as well as from the diets of pregnant or breastfeeding moms). In 2008, those recommendations were withdrawn and a new study suggests that introducing peanuts early in a child’s life may actually reduce his or her risk of developing a peanut allergy.

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Stem cell breakthrough may enable two dads to have a baby

by 02/26/15   filed under: news, parenting

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Creating a baby from human sperm and eggs using stem cells engineered in a petri dish from adult skin sounds like the makings of a science fiction novel, but it may be as close as two years away from actually happening. Late last year Azim Surani and his researchers in England and Israel determined that they could use human skin cells (from either gender) to create stem cells — something that they had been able to previously accomplish with mice. Now the same team claims that these primordial germ cells, made from the skin cells of ten different donors, can be made into human egg and sperm cells; down the road this could eventually result in the conception of a healthy baby using genetic material from same sex donors as well as from opposite sex donors. Same-sex groups have expressed an early interest in these developments, which one day may also be an effective way for patients who are infertile to become parents using their own genetic material. The breakthrough may also help doctors treat other illnesses, especially age-related ones, since the chromosome that the scientists discovered to be crucial in “reprogramming” cells to change from skin cells to primordial germ cells can also reset cells to be free of some of the genetic mutations that occur as we age as a result of environmental toxins or certain lifestyle choices like smoking. Let the ethics debates begin!

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6 home remedies for your child's sinus infection

by 02/25/15   filed under: green baby, green family, green kids, health & body, kids health

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HOW TO: Make delicious vegan Mexican hot chocolate

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Girl asks DC Comics for more female superheroes, and she becomes a superhero comic herself

by 02/25/15   filed under: kids entertainment, news

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Kids: you’re never too young to make a difference, or to become a comic superhero. When a superhero-loving 11 year-old girl recently wrote to a comics giant asking for more female superheroes, she received a surprisingly positive response and plenty of kudos for speaking her mind. An avid fan of comics and superhero cartoons since a young age, Rowan Hansen noticed a current state of gender inequality that many (far older) media experts have also pointed out, arguing that there are far fewer female superheroes and also that these existing female superheroes get less attention.

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Silispoons are textured silicone spoons designed to make independent feeding easier

by 02/24/15   filed under: baby feeding, baby gadgets, eco toddler, green baby, green baby gifts, green kids, kid friendly

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Some tots show interest in independent eating from an early age: they balk when parents try to feed them even the messiest of foods, grab at their parents’ utensils, and love mastering scooping — even if it means multiple outfit changes. Whether your child is one of those kids or a more timid eater, she’ll love the texture of Silispoons, and she’ll soon be on her way to proudly eating solid foods on her own. These dishwasher-safe spoons, which come two to a pack, feature a wide shovel head for scooping up food instead of the typical spoon shape, which often results in most of the food falling off in transit to their little mouths. The juicy looking colors add to the appeal of Silispoons, making mealtime a more pleasant sensory experience in multiple ways. Silispoons are made from durable, BPA and phthalate-free silicone, so they should last through many mealtimes. If your child eventually does wear them out, you can send them back to Silikids to be recycled!

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Kids can design their work space with The Cardboard Guys' cardboard desk and chair

by 02/24/15   filed under: kids furniture

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The Cardboard Guys’ new Kids’ Imagination Furniture lets little ones construct and design their very own desk set. Made from sustainable folded cardboard, the furniture inspires kids to build and create a unique desk and chair all by themselves. Made in the USA, the durable cardboard set will soon be available for preorder through The Cardboard Guys’ Kickstarter campaign.

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5 things parents can do to start getting more sleep today

5 things parents can do to start getting more sleep today

Obviously, there are a lot of factors related to how much sleep a set of new parents can manage. If you’re a parent, you get it. Notwithstanding the tumultuous sleep cycles of an…

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Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book will hit shelves in July!

Newly discovered Dr. Seuss book will hit shelves in July!

TweetEmail The title of his new book may be What Pet Should I Get?, but fans of Dr. Seuss will know exactly what book to get this July. This never-before-published book was…

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Children in Sierra Leone are learning via educational radio due to Ebola outbreak

Children in Sierra Leone are learning via educational radio due to Ebola outbreak

TweetEmail Imagine if school was out for more than six months. It’s a scenario that school-aged children in Sierra Leone have been facing as a result of school closures…

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USDA approves first genetically modified, non-browning apple

USDA approves first genetically modified, non-browning apple

TweetEmail In 2017, be on the lookout for apples with a special snowflake sticker on their skin: this small symbol indicates that your grocery store is carrying the first…

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HOW TO: Make your own natural, effective gripe water using just three ingredients

HOW TO: Make your own natural, effective gripe water using just three ingredients

1. Gather your ingredients. 1 Tbsp Fennel seeds 2 teabags of Lemon ginger or pure ginger tea (or ½ inch piece fresh gingerroot, sliced) 1 teabag of Chamomile tea 4oz (½ cup)…

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Hipster ABC Matching Tiles make learning the alphabet super cool

Hipster ABC Matching Tiles make learning the alphabet super cool

If there’s a battle cry for modern children, it might be something akin to “Put a mustache on it!” That’s basically what Tree Hopper Toys has done with this outrageously…

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HOW TO: Make scrumptious homemade vegan Nutella spread

HOW TO: Make scrumptious homemade vegan Nutella spread

1. Gather the ingredients 4 cups of hazelnuts 2 cups of brown sugar 2/3 cup of dark cocoa powder 1/4 cup of sunflower oil (or hazelnut oil) 1 tbsp of vanilla extract 1/2 tbsp of…

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Petunia Pickle Bottom's bottle butler and pacifier porter are helpful & stylish

Petunia Pickle Bottom's bottle butler and pacifier porter are helpful & stylish

The Petunia Pickle Bottom brand is known for its bold, vibrant and super-useful diaper bags and accessories: their unique designs make parenthood convenient and chic. For new parents…

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The Beachbot is a cute robot that creates impressive large scale sand drawings

The Beachbot is a cute robot that creates impressive large scale sand drawings

TweetEmailWhat looks a little like a robot, a lot like a turtle, and can create amazing, detailed, and impressively-sized sand art in the shape of animals and designs?…

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President Obama's 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative offers free admission to all National Parks and other federal lands for a year

President Obama's 'Every Kid in a Park' initiative offers free admission to all National Parks and other federal lands for a year

TweetEmail President Barack Obama announced a new program today called “Every Kid in a Park” that will provide opportunities for young people and their families to…

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